Stupidity and thank God or gosh?


During my morning run, I came across a peculiar form of stupidity. Oh, it was human all right, but strange and unsettling. Kind of like finding a tortilla chip with a face on it in a vacuum sealed bag of popcorn. Makes my heart palpitate just thinking about it. 

 My excursion was uneventful until I neared home and noticed cars parked along the side of the road. Not unusual, you say? It is, where I live, out in the country where cars are scarce, first thing in the morning. I saw a carriage (as in horse and buggy) turned on its side. A hysterical woman raced up to me, saying,

“Do you know what happened here? Was anybody hurt?”

 I replied, “Everything was fine when I passed by earlier. I don’t see any bodies. No sign of the coroner.”

She introduced herself to me as a new neighbor and asked who I was. Before I could answer, she added, wringing her hands,

“I hope no one was hurt!”

A younger woman stepped forward, “Mom, I told you already, there was a note left on the buggy that everyone is fine. They’re coming back to get it.”

The woman’s response? “Thank GOSH!”

Who the hell is ‘GOSH?’

Urban dictionary claims ‘thank gosh’ is the “polite way of thanking God.” I say it’s stupers (short for predominantly stupid persons) at work.

When did it become rude to thank God or thank goodness, for that matter? If you have a spiritual bent, the first form works fine. And if you’re an atheist, agnostic or pagan, the second form should do. I have no problem with first amendment rights, but really? I thank God, goodness and most people who spread morsels of kindness on my path. It reminds me to harbor a grateful heart and it makes me feel pretty damn good.

But here’s my real problem: ever since I heard the neighbor say, “thank gosh,” I have an almost uncontrollable desire to blurt out the same myself. I haven’t done so publicly yet, but I could slip at any moment. Yesterday, when a squirrel narrowly missed getting squashed by my rather fast moving vehicle, I uttered, “Thank gosh!”


‘Gosh’ should be reserved for use as an interjection – a mild oath (as in “gosh darn it!”) or to express surprise (“golly gosh!”). Otherwise, how will stupers know where to stop? Thank gosh today; thank ‘whatever’ tomorrow; and thank ‘hey’ the next time. It kind of takes the benefits and meaning away from giving thanks.

Think for yourself.


4 Responses to “Stupidity and thank God or gosh?”

  1. Stevian says:

    As much as I admire your war against encroaching stupidity, I think this one is a bit of a reach. “Thank Gosh” is a common enough phrase and for all we know there may even be a sect of Gosh worshippers out there. I can’t beieve it’s the stupidiest thing you’ve seen in nearly two months

  2. omawarisan says:

    This is a shameful display of taking Gosh’s name in vain. Oh Gosh, what is this world coming to?

  3. Ferd says:

    Something tells me you won’t be doing coffee with your new neighbor. LOL

    But her kids sound smart. Thank Gosh for that!

  4. Linda says:

    A news anchor said it on HLN last night… “oh thank gosh he was okay!”

    There is a difference between thanking God and taking his name in vain. I’m pretty sure gratitude is still okay.

    There was a time when even stupid people knew this. Sigh. So many people to retrain, so little time… : )

    Good to see ya, Keli : )

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